Well fellow nerds, the last big nerd movie of 2012 is upon us. Peter Jackson and co’s return to the world of Middle-earth, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is now out in theaters. And while it’s not the best of the series, it is still a worthy entry into the Tolkien cinematic universe.
The film opens with a prologue narrated by old Bilbo (Ian Holm reprising his role in the original trilogy). In it he recounts how the evil dragon Smaug attacked the dwarf kingdom of Erebor inside the Lonely Mountain and claimed all of its treasure as his own. As a result the dwarves who lived there are displaced, becoming homeless nomads working wherever they can to make a living. We are also introduced to the human city of Dale, which is also ravaged by Smaug’s attack as it lies just outside the gates of Erebor. Dale will come into play more in the next two films I imagine as it is not talked about again.
As Bilbo finishes his prologue we get a chance to see he and Frodo (Elijah Wood) interact. It’s kind of a superfluous scene but it acts as connective tissue to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. We are then sent back 60 years to a younger Bilbo (Martin Freeman). As he sits outside his hobbit hole smoking his pipe, Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) turns up to say hello. Their interaction is straight out of the book and wonderfully enacted by Freeman and McKellen. Gandalf leaves Bilbo flustered with his roundabout way of talking, but not before printing a strange mark on the door of his hobbit hole. Later that night as Bilbo is about to eat his dinner, dwarf after dwarf after dwarf begins to show up at his door. Before he knows it, Bilbo is hosting a meeting for 13 dwarves and a wizard. What he doesn’t know is why, but he soon finds out.
The nerds are uniting again (not just the J Team this time) for Comic Con 2012. We will be in San Diego starting tomorrow through Sunday. Look to our Facebook and Twitter feeds for our all updates and pictures. Someone will be kicked out of something. James and Jon will be in a Q&A. Jeff will upset someone verbally so bad they cry. And I will try the worst pick-up lines ever on any Lara Croft or Poison (as long as she’s not actually a tranny) cosplayer. Make sure to stay in touch with us though and let us know what you want to see or hear first hand about! It’s about to get weird at the con.
Alrighty nerds. As we all know, we all spend a little too much time in front of screens and read too many comic books longing for the day when we too, can be as kickass as our favorite superheroes. Well, I am hear to tell you how my nerdiness has helped whip me into shape. By no means am I ready to run a marathon, but I feel fairly confident that if I ever had to run for my life, I might just survive. Ok,
I would run 5 marathons just to frak him
Here are some people that I aspire to be as kick ass as. Create your own list!
1. Kara Thrace aka Starbuck
Like Kara, I have taken my rage/anger/sexual frustration out on my body by kicking its ass which in turn makes me feel strong enough to fuck up any toaster who looks at me the wrong way. Yes, as I am running, I picture saving Ander’s hot ass from god knows what (not that he needs saving). I also picture cylons chasing me. I swear by the lords of Kobol, it helps me run.
2. Katniss Everdeen
I don’t really need to explain this but like I said, I would like to be in shape just for self preservation sake. Also, it has inspired me to take an Archery class in the fall. Fuck yeah, self defense! ….well, it’s not like I can go around with my bow and arrows, but whatever.
So pretty much directly after I wrote the previous article for my Thursday schedule Comic Con released the Friday schedule and therefore the planning had to begin. For my final day at The Con (have to leave Friday night because of work on Saturday, so lame) there are some great panels that are going to appear, but if I do it right here’s what will be in store for me.
Let's face it because of these women I may not make it to any panel.
Community: School Is Back In Session – 10:00-11:00
With most of the actors there this panel is sure to at least be entertaining. The new writers are rumored to be there, but not confirmed so the Q&A about Community’s 4th season may be a little lackluster. There’s been a lot of changes to the making of this show and it’s going to be interesting to see if they even address it. I’m going to probably have to cut out a bit early of this one to catch…
Adult Swim: The Venture Bros – 11:00-12:00
I’m mostly hoping for some give outs here because I’ll take Venture merch anyday. Love the show and with the voice of Dr. Venture and the show’s two creators it could be worth it. If I have to bail on a panel today though it’ll probably be this one.
What does Abraham Lincoln have in common with Buffy Summers, Blade, and Van Helsing? Apparently vampire hunting. Yes, according to novelist turned screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith (The Hard Times of RJ Berger) our nation’s 16th president slew the undead as a young man and even while he was leading this great nation as the president. Director Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and producer Tim Burton (Edward Scissor Hands, Dark Shadows) seem to agree. Surely a film would have to be a success with names as big as these involved right? Right??
After witnessing a vampire murder his mother, a young Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) makes it his mission to get revenge. But when he finally works up the courage to kill the man who took his mother from him he is horrified to find out that that man is in fact an undead blood sucker. With the help of the mysterious Henry Sturgess (Dominic Cooper) Lincoln survives the encounter and learns the ways of vampire hunting.
One uninspired montage later and Henry sends Lincoln out to begin dealing bloody justice. Along the way he marries the lovely Mary Todd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), reunites with old friend Will Johnson (Anthony Mackie), and makes a new friend in Joshua Speed (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Jimmi Simpson). He also runs into the evil vampire Adam (Rufus Sewell) who is the leader of the vampires in the south. With the help of his newfound friends Abraham Lincoln endeavors to rid the United States of the vampire problem.
This ‘Waltz of Death’ featurette from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (releasing this Friday) is just a small look into one of the fight scenes. This movie may blow (high likelihood), but it still looks fun (ax fighting scenes look good) and I’m down to sneak into it after another movie. Hell I may even pay for it. Not like it’s a Nicolas Cage movie. Not donating into that blow/prostitute fund any more than I have. Which begs the question; will you be seeing this movie?
Ray Bradbury, 91 (1920-2012), sci-fi author and visionary passed yesterday evening. An amazing mind that brought us the works of Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, & Something Wicked This Way Comes. Personally I’ve only read The Martian Chronicles and was pretty blown away and intend on reading that again along with his other works. Along with the many rewards he has received, an award named after him, he also has an asteroid and a park named after him. He will never be forgotten and thank you Mr. Bradbury for all you gave to our culture.
Why it’s just The Lord of the Rings lego game of course and only a decade later. Like it really matters though. Once this trailer hit the web it spread like the darkness from Mordor. Cool first glimpse I must say even though I’ve never played one of these lego games. Apparently this one is going to be more ‘adventurey’ and ‘puzzley’ than other games in the lego series. A LOTR games is always welcome especially when the time and right touch has been put into it. AND please hold the Lego-las puns you a-holes.
I’m a huge James Bond fan. No doubt about it. I grew up watching it with my dad and probably has had more of an effect on me than I realize. I mean I need some reason to explain the drinking habits and my life with women. I will be the first to admit that I think there are more bad movies than good ones as well. Other things I will admit about the series is that 1) Sean Connery will always be ‘James Bond’ in my mind, 2) Goldeneye was awesome, but Pierce Brosnan was almost as bad as Timothy Dalton in the long run, and 3) Natalia from Goldeneye is my favorite Bond girl. There’s just something about Russians. I probably would have been a spy during the Cold War if a hot Russian dame was involved. I digress. Just check out the trailer for Bond #23, #24, or maybe #22. I really can’t remember. Anyways thoughts on this James Bond and who’s your favorite Bond girl?
I never thought it would happen, but I may be buying a barbie doll that isn’t for my kid sister. And no I don’t buy Barbie’s for my van because let’s face it there are less expensive dolls out there and that just hurts the budget (just kidding of course, seriously when will they invent sarcasm text). Here it is though people, the Katniss Everdeen Barbie doll. If you didn’t see this coming then you don’t belong in marketing. Like many bloggers have already pointed out, our hero from The Hunger Games probably would not approve of this doll, but the Capitol would be all over this especially when she’s slutting it out on the marketing campaign in the later books. Honestly though this figure looks pretty bad ass and Barbie struck the bulls-eye with this one. If they make a Peeta doll however, I will do more horrible things to it than Sid from Toy Story. Gawd he was awful.